By Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
A man suspected of robbing a bank at the 1200 block of 164th Street SW near Martha Lake on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, was soon arrested and it is believed that he is responsible for one other robbery in the Lynnwood area on January 3rd.
At around 3:00 pm on Tuesday afternoon, a teller at the bank called 911 and reported that the robber displayed a "trigger switch" and claimed to be carrying a bomb.
During the robbery, a bank employee was able to place a tracking device with the cash.
Patrol units, with the assistance of several other area police agencies, were able to track the location of the device to the area near Meridian and 164th St SW and contacted several vehicles and drivers in the area.
In one vehicle, a patrol deputy noticed clothing that matched the suspect's partially hidden under the seat. The male passenger, believed to be the robbery suspect, and the male driver were arrested.
Members of the regional bomb unit were on-scene searching the area around the bank where the suspect admitted to throwing the "fake" device.
Detectives with the Lynnwood Police Department are working with Sheriff's Office detectives in the investigation.
Editor's note: This article was corrected to show that it is believed the suspect is responsible for one other robbery not two.